Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. There are many mysteries in the Amazon. Until recently, one of the most troubling was the vast methane emissions emerging from the rainforest that were observed by satellites but that nobody could find on the ground. Around 20 million tons was simply unaccounted for. Then Sunitha Pangala, a British postdoc researcher, spent two months traveling the Amazon’s waterways strapping gas-measuring equipment to thousands of trees. She found that trees, especially in the extensive flooded forests, were stimulating methane production in the waterlogged soils and mainlining it into the atmosphere. Her 2014 expedition plugged a gaping hole in the planet’s methane budget. And she had …

Pete Buttigieg Unveils Douglass Plan To Combat Racial Inequality

Dubbed “ Since launching his campaign in April, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor has catapulted from relative obscurity to a top-five candidate in the crowded Democratic field. Earlier this month, his campaign announced that it had raised But despite his growing national prominence, Buttigieg has struggled to make a name for himself in African American communities — a hurdle he will need to overcome to clinch the nomination. He has faced criticism for his failure to reform policing in South Bend in the wake of admit responsibility for the lack of diversity in South Bend’s police department. a speech at the annual convention for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition earlier this month, Buttigieg emphasized that his focus in rolling out …

Twitter’s New Rules Seek To Curb Hate Speech Targeting Religious Groups

announced a new set of rules Tuesday intended to curb dehumanizing language on the platform that specifically targets religious groups. For those unfamiliar with the level of discourse on the social media platform, Twitter helpfully provided some examples of now-banned speech that it will remove: Twitter said the change ― one of many it intends to implement in the near future regarding what it calls “protected groups” ― came in response to a survey with 8,000 responses from Twitter users in 30 different countries. Ultimately, the company wants to clarify what type of tweets will be removed. “If someone was targeted directly and dehumanized on the basis of religious or any other defining characteristic, that was and is a violation,” …

A Rocket-Launching Plane, Nintendo’s New Switch, and More News

Virgin Orbit is dropping rockets out of a Boeing 747, Nintendo is switching up the Switch, and a new design could make the middle plane seat tolerable. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Virgin Orbit just dropped a rocket from a Boeing 747 Why launch rockets from the ground, when you could launch them with a head start from a plane? That's the thinking behind Virgin Orbit's plan to reduce the cost of getting into space by starting the rocket launch from 35,000 feet. Today's test focused on the rocket's free fall when released from a gutted Boeing …

Why Marijuana Makes Some Of Us Feel Good And Others Paranoid

While some people experience a fun, euphoric high when smoking marijuana, others feel paranoid and anxious. Exactly why marijuana affects people differently has been poorly understood, but a new study published in Scientific Reports suggests one part of the brain may be responsible – at least, in rats. “Until now, it was unknown which specific regions of the brain were responsible for these highly divergent effects of marijuana,” said study author Steven Laviolette, a professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, in a statement. In a lab setting, researchers identified a target region in the brains of rats that Laviolette says “seem to independently control the rewarding, addictive properties of marijuana versus the negative psychiatric side-effects associated with …

Ten unexploded allied bombs at Pompeii, Italian paper reports

Explosives are yet to be located within archaeological area, according to investigation At least 10 unexploded bombs dropped by the allies during the second world war are hidden within the foundations of the archaeological site of Pompeii, Italian media have reported. In August 1943, allied air forces dropped 165 bombs on Pompeii, in nine different air raids. Ninety-six bombs were located and deactivated, the Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Trump’s Top Navy Pick Turns Down Appointment

The sudden move by Adm. William Moran may add to the perception of turmoil in the Pentagon’s senior ranks, coming less than a month after Pat Shanahan abruptly withdrew from consideration to be defense secretary after serving as the acting secretary for six months. Moran had been vetted for promotion to the top uniformed position in the Navy, nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in May to succeed Adm. John Richardson as chief of naval operations and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “As painful as it is to submit my request to retire, I will not be an impediment whatsoever to the important service that you and your families continue to render …

Biden Would Consider Nominating Garland For The Supreme Court. Again.

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked Supreme Court, claiming President Barack Obama had no right to fill a court vacancy in an election year ― a standard he has since said he  That brazen act, Now, former Vice President Joe Biden says he’d be open to nominating Garland to the Supreme Court again if given the chance. interview with the Iowa Starting Line on Friday.  “I have pretty good relationships on both sides of the aisle,” Biden added, recalling the dialogue around Garland at the time. “I’d say, ‘What are you doing, you’re setting a horrible precedent here.’ And the answer was, ‘I know Joe, but if I go, I’m in a red state, if I go ahead and just call for a hearing, the …

People Are Skipping 4th Of July Fireworks To Comfort Scared Shelter Dogs

“When they have these noise phobias, it’s horrible,” noted veterinarian Marty Becker Wesley Nitsckie Image credits: Last year, over 300 local community members showed up at the shelter’s two locations around Phoenix, Arizona to comfort the scared dogs. Image credits: Amy Engel, who is in charge of the AZ Dawg Saverz Facebook page and attended Calming the Canines last year, said that she definitely plans on attending this year as well. wrote. “It was so, so awesome because the dogs absolutely love the attention and were focused on the people and not the fireworks going on outside.” Image credits: And it wasn’t just a one-time thing. After the event, people have developed a lasting bond with the dogs that they …

While You Were Offline: Trump Went Into North Korea

To begin with, a programming note: While you're reading this in its usual time slot, it was compiled before the July Fourth holiday, so—unfortunately—there's not a collection of tweets about President Trump's reportedly expensive Independence Day celebration. Apologies for that. Nonetheless, there's still a lot to catch up on. Last week was one that uncovered a secret Facebook group where immigration officials joke about migrant deaths, even as more and more people die in US custody and conditions at border facilities turn out to be worse than believed. It was also the week where the Trump administration let go of its quest to have a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, and everyone continued to fall in love …

Ariana Grande Gets Real About Onstage Breakdowns: ‘I Cry A Lot’

Ariana Grande wrote a candid note to fans on Sunday after a video showed the singer In a now-deleted Instagram post, Grande said that tour life is “wild” and told fans that sometimes, she struggles with it all.  the 26-year-old wrote. “So sometimes I cry a lot!” Kevin Mazur via Getty Images Ariana Grande performs during her Sweetener World Tour at Madison Square Garden on June 18 in New York City. Grande has experienced a series of hardships over the last few years. The “Thank U, Next” singer has routinely spoken about suffering from Kevin Mazur via Getty Images Grande performing at Madison Square Garden.  died from an accidental overdose in September 2018. The following month, Grande called off her engagement to …

All The Times Jameela Jamil Has Called Out The Kardashians Betches

most recent gripeThis is obviously not the first time that Jameela has come for the Kardashians, it’s just the latest battle in the war she is waging against the unattainable beauty standards the world has set for women, and that the Kardashians continue to perpetuate and profit off of. Such a lovely family! So, in honor of Jameela’s most recent display of straight-up badassery, let’s take a look at all the times she went after America’s First Family of Flat Tummy Tea.   The Appetite Suppressant Lollipops As my aunt likes to text me, “you go girl!” Personally, I would have used even a few more expletives, but I’m from Jersey. Those Brits are way f*cking classier. This is the first …

18 Responses People Had To The New Black Ariel

The upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ has just announced who will star in the leading role – 19-year-old singer Halle Bailey will be Ariel. After an extensive search, director Rob Marshall said that it was “abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.” Image credits: said on Twitter that it was a “dream come true,” forms part of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who first started by doing covers of pop songs on YouTube. Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in 2016 and contained the hits ‘Drop’ and ‘Fall.’ The pair also made cameo …

Woman Posts About Missing Dog On Facebook And Finds Another Woman Trying To Sell It

This year a woman posted to Facebook that in the hustle and bustle of celebratory preparations for Independence Day, her boyfriend’s Husky Sansa had escaped from the yard. She wrote a description of the missing dog, in the hopes that someone had seen her – turns out someone had spotted the gorgeous canine, just the wrong person. A woman had seen the lost dog as an opportunity to make a profit and put a for-sale ad up on the internet. Later in the day, the status of the dog had switched to sold People in the comments were shocked by the story